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The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Another issue is GMO foods, and livestock that have been given antibiotics and growth hormones, which a number of countries have banned. Anyone who has eaten organic produce and meat can taste the difference in quality and nutrition - it's incredible.
It's true that vegetarianism isn't going to save the world because it is the agricultural/farming system itself that is corrupt (think also about how many migrant workers get exploited). When she talks about the earth dying, I think she meant less in a "let's save the earth" way and more of a,"if we keep killing the earth we're going to go extinct," because even without us the earth will repair itself.
People want to believe that to change the world, all they have to do is pick up their fork. These people who have the luxury of worrying about whether their food is ethical. If you do, there is plenty of support in this book that veganism is not even an ethical solution.
She makes some good arguments about the environmental impact of monocrops, but given the inaccuracies in the other chapters it does make you wonder if she is off-track here too.
But she stops there. And that is the problem. She doesn't extend her understanding of "Adult Knowledge" any further into her preconceived moral and political ideology. She runs off course when she starts talking about "toxic masculinity" affecting the environment . About how men use and abuse women and the environment. It becomes clear that she still can't see the whole truth. There is no such thing as toxic masculinity, just as there is no such thing as toxic femininity. Sure .... I could try to make a point proving toxic femininity exists. I could point to the feminization of the men in our society to the point where the men no longer feel the moral burning desire to protect and defend their women, their wives, their children and their country. Like the song says .... where have all the cowboys gone?? I could say the feminization of the men in our world has taken a toxic toll on our society. But I would not advocate for that point either. Because just like the choice has never been "Life or Death", the choice has never been "Male or Female". Just like there is a circle, a cycle, a symbiotic relationship in nature, there is the same in our relationship as men and women. We compliment and provide for each other in a symbiotic way. Lierre Keith asks in this book, "when will women grow tired of letting men use them for sons ...and cooking and cleaning". Gee , I don't know Lierre ... when will men grow tired of letting women use them to provide protection, provision and defense (even giving their very lives as soldiers ... a term she uses in derision) in sacrifice to the women and children of society? Huh? When is giving their life not enough? Why should men put up with it? Why should women put up with it? Because Lierre, it's a symbiotic relationship. A circle. A cycle. Men protect, provide and defend the women, and the women care for the men and raise the next generation of children. The belief in toxic masculinity is still childlike. She has yet to accept the hard truth ..... that masculinity and femininity are not an either/or choice. Masculinity is good .... very good. Femininity is good ...very good. This understanding is politically incorrect but it's the truth. It is understanding and wisdom. And it's desperately needed right now. When we value each other's differences, and celebrate our unique strengths and the perfect harmony of the give-and-take of everything in life, we grow not just in our personal wisdom, but we expand the peace, love and understanding in our hearts.
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She is totally ignorant when it comes to nutrition.Read more